14 But Israel(A) reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head,(B) though he was the younger,(C) and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.(D)

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18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”(A)

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20 He blessed(A) them that day(B) and said,

“In your[a] name will Israel(C) pronounce this blessing:(D)
    ‘May God make you like Ephraim(E) and Manasseh.(F)’”

So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 48:20 The Hebrew is singular.

“Reuben, you are my firstborn,(A)
    my might, the first sign of my strength,(B)
    excelling in honor,(C) excelling in power.

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